JARMAN, Mrs.M (mother of Thomas JARMAN), 1823
National Archives, Kew, CO48/61, 297
No.43 Half Moon Street
July 16th 1823
I should not have presumed to address you had I been aware of any other mode of obtaining information, the anxious feelings of a mother will it is hoped be an excuse for this liberty.
My son Thomas JARMAN arrived at the Cape May 1820. he went with COX's Party by the Weymouth, Cap't TURNER. I rec'd answers to several letters but since last August have not heard from him.
I was told by a person lately arrived from the Cape that the Post Master at that place had been accused of keeping the letters. Fearing this might be the case, and not knowing what plan to adopt, my uneasiness being further increased by reports that the settlers were in a state of starvation, I am induced to entreat the favour of your Lordship's direction, and humbly hope the application will not be deemed an [obscured] on that respect which is due to your Lordship's rank and station.
I am Sir with great respect
Your humble petitioner